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Embracing Chinese Language Week makes business sense

Stuff – ANUJA NADKARNI

“Learning the language is the first step for businesses that want to become China-ready, businesswoman Jo Coughlan says. China is New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner, its biggest market for export goods, a fast-growing service market and an increasingly major source of foreign investment. Coughlan heads New Zealand Chinese Language Week. During the week, it will run a social media campaign teaching five Mandarin phrases through social videos. Coughlan is also director of agribusiness Silvereye and said, as a business owner, she recognised the opportunities, challenges and complexities of the Chinese market.”(more)

Surge in number of students learning Chinese Mandarin

Stuff – Ruby McAndrew

“Each week, Li Ling Ho organises more than 20 Mandarin language classes and story time sessions, many of which are full to the brim with toddlers and schoolchildren learning the world’s most spoken language. Ho founded Ni Hao Children’s Community, a charitable organisation in Wellington, just over two years ago as a way to teach Chinese Mandarin in a fun way. With the number of participants on the up, it appears to have struck a chord. “So far, even just as a start up, people are really interested and keep asking us to start classes in different suburbs,” Ho said.”(more)

The 1 Language That CEOs Must Learn to Get Ahead

INC – Melanie Curtin

“If you’re looking to expand your linguistic horizons while simultaneously setting yourself up for professional success, there’s one language that vastly outpaces the rest in terms of its utility. As Emily Oster, associate professor of economics at Brown University, says, “Mandarin would be the best choice.” “This is the native language for 14 percent of the world’s population,” she explains, “and most of those people do not speak English, so it’s all a win.” It’s definitely a win, considering over one billion people speak it worldwide already, and China is slated to become the number one economic power on the planet by 2020.”(more)

Learning Chinese now more appealing to youngsters worldwide

The GB Times – Chi Dehua

“This summer, 145 representatives from 112 countries arrived in China to participate in the annual Chinese language competition: the Chinese Bridge. They were selected from regional contests based on their proficiency in the language and insight into the country’s culture. In addition to enjoying the needle of competition, contestants were given the opportunity to tour the country’s renowned scenic spots and visit tech companies during their one-month stay. The overall winners were also offered full scholarships by the Confucius Institute’s headquarters so that they could return to China and further their studies. The large-scale event echoed the ‘Chinese fever’ phenomenon currently sweeping the globe. According to the Xinhua News Agency, the number of foreigners learning Chinese has grown from 30 million in 2005 to 100 million currently, with more than 60 countries now offering Chinese as part of their national education system.”(more)

Students thrive on Mandarin learning at Chicago’s top high school

Xinhua – Miao Zhuang and Xia Lin

“Upper schoolers at the Walter Payton College Preparatory High School like to warm up their get-togethers with a rendition of Jasmine, the classic Chinese folk song that U.S. President Donald Trump’s grand-daughter performed months ago during her visit to the Chinese Embassy in Washington. “Chinese is one of the most widely used language in the world. So I think learning it is super important, because so many different people speak it,” Helen, a Payton enrollee, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Xu Qun, who came from China for her Mandarin-teaching job at Payton, has noticed for a long time the trendy choice among American children, saying that “I think a lot of children in the U.S. are very young when they start learning Chinese. Some parents think Chinese is so important that they hire a Chinese-speaking nanny to look after their children.'”(more)

Spotlight: Mandarin learning helps American children engage with world’s major economy: expert

Xinhua – Guo Yina, Liu Shuai, and Xia Lin

“More and more young generation in the United States adopt Mandarin as the must-learn foreign language, a practical choice which may facilitate building their China-related careers in the future, and on the other hand reflects the power augmentation of the eastern country. Mandarin has become the fourth largest foreign language learnt by primary and middle school students in the U.S., coming after Spanish, French and German, said the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) in a census report released in June.”(more)